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Report: Brighter Future for Strip in 2012

Report: Brighter Future for Strip in 2012

A new report released Tuesday has some positive news for the Las Vegas Strip.

The report says Strip properties will see higher gaming revenue, more conventions and stronger occupancy levels in 2012. CBRE Global Gaming Group, which specializes in financial services for the gaming industry, put together the analysis of the resort corridor’s future. The group says after seven years of tough times change is coming.

“We are going to show some signs of recovery,” said executive vice-president with CBRE Global Gaming Group John Knott.

The report predicts gaming revenue will increase between 1.8 and 4.8 percent next year. It may not sound like a lot but will be felt by companies that have struggled through lean years. 

“The good news about a slight increase is that costs have been trimmed, so there's no fattening in any of the gaming companies budget at this point,” Knott said.

Aftermarket Car Show Opens at Convention Center

Aftermarket Car Show Opens at Convention Center

The largest aftermarket car accessory trade show just started at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Everything from high-tech gadgets to tires is on display at the 35th annual Specialty Equipment Market Association or SEMA show. The show brings in manufacturers from more than 100 countries  

"The show attracts buyers from not only all over the United States but all over the world. The reason they are coming here is because their customers demand accessories that will personalize their vehicles and make their vehicles fit them like a glove," Vice-President of SEMA Peter MacGillivray said.

Vendors have packed the convention center to showcase their wares. One of the hottest items is an iPad adapter that installs into the headrest of a car, providing entertainment for kids in the backseat.

Even with the tough economy, vendors say the turn out is better than expected.

Restaurant Week Aids Food Bank Through Dining Deals

More than 120 restaurants will take part in what will be a two-week event this year.

Five years ago, Three Square was a fledgling food bank that was trying to raise both funds and awareness about hunger in Southern Nevada. Its inaugural Restaurant Week, the goal of which was to do both, involved 51 restaurants.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Hiring Begins Saturday for Fright Dome

Hiring Begins Saturday for Fright Dome

Hiring for the Fright Dome at Circus Circus begins this weekend.

Fright Dome is hiring more than 300 positions for the 2011 Halloween season. Interviews will take place on the dates listed below. All applicants must bring a valid government-issued ID and social security card and must be 18 or older to apply.

Strip-side Starbucks Opens Friday Morning

Strip-side Starbucks Opens Friday Morning

Strip tourists can get their caffeine fix right along the neon way starting Friday morning.

Treasure Island will open the first Starbucks accessible to foot traffic from Las Vegas Boulevard at 6 a.m. Friday.

The coffeehouse, located on the south end of Treasure Island near Sirens Cove Boulevard, will be open 24 hours.

Bon Breads Store Opens at Town Square

John Curtas looks at a bakery that formerly only provided stock to local establishments.

Hear ye, Hear ye! Bon Breads — the Las Vegas baker whose superior breads have previously only been available at great restaurants in Las Vegas — is now available retail!

Read more at Eating Las Vegas

Authenticity, Attention to Detail Put Ri Ra a Step Above Other Irish Pubs

Authenticity, Attention to Detail Put Ri Ra a Step Above Other Irish Pubs

Critic's take: good food balances out spotty service.

As Irish pubs in Las Vegas go, Ri Ra was rather late to the party. By the time it arrived on the scene earlier this year, Irish pubs weren't as novel as they once were, so that was one strike against it. It's also the case that Ri Ra -- one of the newest members of a chainlet centered mostly in the eastern United States -- is not as ornately detailed as some of its local brethren.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal